Dawkin's CAVE HUNTING
Dawkins, W[illiam] Boyd. CAVE HUNTING. Researches on the Evidence of Caves Respecting the Early Inhabitants of Europe. London: Macmillan and Co., 1874. xxiv, 455 pages, plus color frontispiece. Numerous illustrations in the text. Original pictorial maroon cloth stamped in silver, gilt, and black. [22.7 cm.] A respectable ex-library copy. Very faint reminder of removed call number at base of spine, tasteful bookplate of Sondley Reference Library on front pastedown, embossed stamp on frontispiece, title, and one other leaf, and ink stamp on verso of title and in margin of one other page. Else good plus. Spine ends worn and with minor tears and fraying. Silver stamping on cover illustration partially rubbed away. Hinges cracked, but holding nicely with some neat internal repairs. Small bookplate on front pastedown ("Private library of William Ross Warren.") Old catalog description pasted on blank verso of front free endpaper. One signature slightly pulled, but holding well. Occasional traces of faint foxing, but text is generally clean. This copy from the library of North Carolina collector, Forster A. Sondley, with his penciled ownership inscription on the half-title. FIRST EDITION. A important work on the prehistoric cave-dwellers of Europe, being a synthesis of the research to date on the subject from Britiain and across the Continent, enriched with Dawkins' own firsthand observations of much of the evidence discussed. William Boyd Dawkins (1837-1929) was a leading British geologist, paleontologist, and archeologist. He was a member of the Geological Survey of Great Britain (1861-1869), the curator of the Manchester Museum (1869-1890), professor of geology and paleontology at Owens College, Manchester (1874-1908), and an active member of the Royal Society and the British Association. His prehistoric researches were continued in "Early Man in Britain and his Place in the Tertiary Period" (1880) and "British Pleistocene Mammalia" (with W. Ayshford Sandford,1866–1887).
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